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Torch-fired Enamelling | Term Four, 2018

Enamelling is one of the oldest methods used to decorate metal. By fusing a glass-like coating onto copper or silver you can create colourful and imaginative designs and take your jewellery to another level. In this exciting weekend class we will explore some straightforward techniques that can be used with torch-fired enamelling. Try mixing different colours together or using stencils and sgraffito (scratching through a top layer to expose a layer of a different colour underneath) and create some wonderful pieces. After first practising on a couple of test pieces we will then dive straight into creating simple and fun jewellery such as earrings and pendants.
Suitable for all levels.

Content

* Introduction to torch-fired enamelling with demonstrations of different techniques
* Introduction to jewellery tools and their uses as applicable
* Research and use drawings to develop your design concepts
* Liaise with other students to advance ideas and share knowledge
* Attempt to complete at least one project of wearable jewellery and document the processes

Objectives

* Build confidence in your own creative journey as an artist and acknowledge your own style and artistic integrity
* Develop an understanding of how far you can push a design and how far you can push a material
* Play and experiment with different enamels and different techniques

Outcomes

* Develop conceptual thinking around your creative process
* Gain knowledge of the material/s you wish to use

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Class Type: Weekend Class
Tutor: Natalie Halley
  • 24th, 25th November 2018
  • 10:00am - 4:30pm
  • Materials cost: * $5 gas and studio consumables - Enamel powders: $0.55 per gram. Students can expect to spend between $5 and $15 for enamels and copper.
    Casual Students: $75 per day + materials
  • T2.08 Jewellery
  • 11 (Max number of students)
Required Materials:
* Visual diary and DUST MASK. Fine brushes optional
* Metal (copper or silver) as well as enamel powders are available from the Jewellery studio
* Beginners will need no further materials. Intermediate and advanced students may wish to bring solder (hard, easy), sandpaper, 400, 800, 1200, saw blades 2/0
* Closed top shoes essential - no jandals or sandals